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BREAKING: Anas to petition Special Prosecutor over Galamsey fraud video

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Anas and his Tiger Eye Pi team are set to present a petition to the office of the Special Prosecutor investigate the suspects who were caught taking bribes to facilitate illegal mining despite the government clamp down on the act.

“The team will Send a petition to the office of the Special Prosecutor, which I believe is ready, and the team is ready to deliver to the office of the special prosecutor who has the mandate to investigate such things.

“The petition says some people have been exposed in bribery and corruption and thwarting the state’ effort at fighting illegal mining,” one of the lawyers for Tiger Sammy Darko told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament Adam Mutawakilu has called for the prosecution of public officials implicated in the video.

The investigative piece christened ‘galamsey fraud’ uncovered massive scale of fraud perpetrated by some members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee against Illegal Mining.

The Committee was established to supervise the ban on small scale mining which was imposed in March 2017 when it was observed that small scale mining was being used as a cover for irresponsible mining as well as even illegal mining in many parts of the country.

The practice fast led to a degradation of the environment affecting severely rivers and forest reserves. In some cases, it even led to a contamination of agricultural products as a result of the absorption of dangerous chemicals used.


Details from the investigative piece spearheaded by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, however, point to a coordinated attempt by key members of the committee to derail the government and President Akufo-Addo’s efforts to fight the illegal mining menace.

A presidential staffer and Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining Charles Cromwell Bissue has been fingered as the foremost collaborator against efforts by President Akufo-Addo to fight the menace.

Commenting on the expose’ on Morning Starr Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament Adam Mutawakilu told host Francis Abban President Akufo-Addo must immediately fire those implicated and hand them over to the police for prosecution.

“I expect the president to have fired these people by now and be prosecuted,” he said.

But, he said he believed the president will not because “he is benefiting from that activity.”

 

source: starrfm.com.gh

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One million cubic metres of waste removed from Odaw and Korle Lagoon

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Over a million cubic metres of various waste materials have been removed from the choking Odaw storm drain and the Korle Lagoon in Accra since February this year as part of measures by government to reduce flooding in most parts of the city.

Engineers and workers of Dredge Masters Limited have since February this year been at the two sites, which have become a receptacle for a chunk of Accra’s waste, de-silting the drainage system and the lagoon.

On the back of Monday’s rains that caused some flooding in parts of Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday visited the sites to inspect the progress of work on the dredging on the Odaw drains

He was taken round by the Hydrological Engineer of Dredge Masters, Ing.Wise Ametefe and shown the new designs by Dredge Masters to overhaul the Odaw drain and the Korle Lagoon into a beautiful tourism asset to attract tourists and boost business activities in the area.

The President was impressed about the work done so far by the contractors of the project.

The dredging exercise is being carried out day and night in a bid to restore the efficiency and holding capacity of the drainage to be able to contain the volume of water, especially when it rains. This will avoid flooding.

The is being done in line with a two-year contract signed between the government and Dredge Masters in February 2019 for the dredging and maintenance of the Odaw drainage system and the Korle Lagoon.

Per the contract, Dredge Masters, which is a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies, is required to redesign and construct the Korle Lagoon Ecological Restoration Project (KLERP) interceptor and breakwater at the outfall within the next two years.

The channel under the scope starts from the Odaw Onyasia confluence at Carprice in Accra, through Avenor, Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Agbogbloshie, South Kaneshie drain and, the upper and lower Lagoon.

Operations Manager of Dredge Masters, Ing. Sena Adiepena, told the President Nana Akufo-Addo that prior to commencement of the exercise, squatters along the drains were evicted with assistance of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Ghana Police Service.

He assured the President that they were working around the clock to complete the work on time to save lives and properties.

Dredge Masters first begun operations in June 2016, a year after the June 3 disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle that claimed several lives and destroyed property.

It initially secured a two-year contract awarded by the government under John Dramani Mahama for the de-silting and dredging of the Odaw channel and restoration of the Korle Lagoon to avert under the Accra Sanitary Sewer Storm Drainage Alleviation Project.

Ing. Adiepena told journalists works under the initial contract was completed in March 2017 as designs on civil works are still ongoing.

By 3news.com|Ghana

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We didn’t swap Aisha Huang for $2bn loan – Natural Resources Minister

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Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has flatly rejected the assertion that galamsey kingpin, Aisha Huang, was deported in exchange for the two billion dollars Sinohydro loan.

He was emphatic on Thursday that the loan arrangement was never tied to the Aisha Huang’s case.

“With respect to the 194 foreigners that have been deported, the exact figures dealing with them as per particular nationals cannot be given now, but the nationals that have been deported include Chinese, Indians, Nigerians, Malians, and Burkinabes.

“So, it is not only Chinese that have been deported, neither is it only Aisha Huang that has been deported for purposes of Sinohydro loan or purposes of Sinohydro agreement that the government of Ghana has with the Chinese government. And we did not sacrifice her or exchange her for the loan”.

The Chinese national was arrested in 2017 for her involvement in several illegal mining activities popularly known as galamsey when government reignited its anti-galamsey operation.

Aisha Huang was prosecuted but the case did not go the full haul; it was discontinued by government and she and her accomplices were deported.

Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh said the decision to discontinue the court case was a prerogative of the Attorney General, and such powers vested in the AG cannot be questioned.

He asserted that the Attorney General is at will to enter nolle prosequi in any criminal case without being answerable to anybody.

Government received backlash for that decision on Aisha Huang but Senior Minister, Mr. Osafo Maafo defended the deportation at a recent event in the United States of America which made the controversy even murkier.

“Putting that lady (Aisha) in jail in Ghana is not going to solve your economic problems. It is not going to make you happy or me happy, that’s not important, the most important thing is that she has been deported out of Ghana,” he said in a widely circulated video.

Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh at the meet-the-press series on Thursday mounted a strong defense for government’s decision, arguing that Gloria Akuffo, who is the AG, cannot even be questioned on that decision by the judge sitting on the case nor the Chief Justice, let alone lawyers.

He said the action was purely legal and grounded in law, stressing that the laws of the country were not in any way offended by government’s decision.

According to the minister, there has been a precedent in the past where government entered a nolle prosequi in a criminal case, insisting the laws of the country were not circumvented.

However, opponents of government’s action have not raised any legal argument, their concerns have purely been based on the morality of the justification the Senior Minister assigned to it.

 

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana

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BREAKING: We’re prepared to die for your victory in 2020 – Fishermen to Mahama

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Fishermen in the Central Region have given Mahama the assurance that they are prepared to die for his victory in 2020 just to save them from the current hardship they are undergoing under the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.

They have therefore pledged to ensure that they campaign vigorously to ensure that he wins to better their fortunes because they have literally been out of business since he lost power in 2016 because the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has refused to continue some of the projects he initiated.

The Chief Fisherman of Apam, Ebusuapanyin Martey who spoke on behalf of the fishermen, expressed disappointment in the current government’s inability to provide them with enough premix fuel and subsidized outboard motors which was initiated by the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

According to him, the price increment of premix fuel and outboard motors has made their livelihood difficult and promised to do everything possible to bring Mahama back to power come 2020, saying “even if we need to go deep into the sea to bring Mahama back we will”.

Former President John Dramani Maham who was on a campaign tour of the Central Region last week was given the assurance by the fishermen when he visited Gomoa West with his entourage to interact with drivers, fishermen, market women as well as stakeholders to seek their votes ahead of the 2020 polls.

He expressed disappointment about the collapsing fishing industry under the incumbent government despite several promises it made promising to revamp it when he returns to power.

According to him, the relationship between the NDC and fishermen was tight which started from late President Prof John Evans Atta Mills.

“We are all aware about the untold economic hardship that the governing New Patriot Party (NPP) has brought to this country”, he said.

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